Eating Healthy on a Budget

All Ages

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. From “Meatless Monday” to avoiding unhealthy promotions, we’ll show you easy ways to feed your family better for less.

Try meatless Monday

Going meatless doesn't mean the meal is less filling. It's easy to replace meat with other lean and very affordable protein sources, like beans or eggs. Meat is usually the priciest food on a grocery bill, so save money by making meatless meals at least once a week.

Tip: Try replacing meat with beans in recipes like chili, quesadillas and tacos. Try our easy veggie enchilada casserole for dinner next Monday!

Buy fewer pre-packaged foods

Foods that are less processed and sold in their natural state are generally less expensive. Think plain brown rice instead of flavored boxed mixes, plain oats instead of flavored oatmeal packets, and fresh ground beef rather than premade patties. Buying plain means you get to control the amount of salt or sugar, and you can skip the preservatives and other additives.

Tip: When it comes to veggies and fruits, you may have to balance cost with convenience. It’s OK to buy lightly processed foods, like baby carrots and bagged salad greens, if it means your family will eat more veggies and fruits!

Buy in bulk

Buying in bulk may be less expensive over the course of time. Larger packages of meat usually cost less per pound, and you can freeze what you need to save for later. Check bulk bins for foods like oats, brown rice, nuts and dried fruit. They are usually less expensive because you don’t have to pay for packaging. Check the per unit price on the shelf tag to make sure you are getting a deal.

Tip: Buying bulk isn’t a good deal if it’s a less healthy food (like a bigger bag of chips), or if your family won’t finish it before it goes bad.

Don’t fall for promotions

Food makers and grocery stores use coupons, sales and end-of-aisle promos to entice you to buy certain products. And most of the time they are promoting less-than-healthy processed foods. Remember, it’s not a good deal if it’s not on your list.

Tip: Buy from the inside aisles (rather than end-cap displays), where you can compare other brands and package sizes for the best deal.

Look at your beverage budget

How much are you spending each week on soda, tea, sports drinks or juice? It adds up quick. Tap water is cheaper, and it’s a whole lot better for you!

Tip: Don’t want to drink out of the tap? Purchase a water purifier or purifying pitcher.